ABOUT US

Delivering  relevant support services

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The mission of the Berean Outreach Ministry (BOM) is to deliver relevant support services to underserved families and individuals in the communities we serve by providing healthy food, clothing, education, employment and health resources in our effort to build self-sustaining communities.

HEALTHY FOOD

RESOURCE SERVICES

OPERATIONS

INITIATIVES

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

HEALTHY FOOD

The BOM has partnered with The Atlanta Community Food Bank where we receive the majority of the food, grocery products and fresh produce distributed to families and individuals in need in our service area.  Families receive food which includes an average of 30 pounds of fresh produce every week.  Our services, with the help of our partners and supporters, has allowed us to move and serve over 1.3 million pounds of food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

RESOURCE SERVICES

Additional services are provided through liaisons with our community partners:

 

  • Job training

  • Job placement

  • Housing assistance

  • Financial assistance

  • Medical insurance providers for the under-insured and uninsured

 

OPERATIONS

Our support services to the community were increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While we normally operate year-round with scheduled closings, we have never closed our doors since the pandemic started due to the overwhelming needs of our community. The center has been operating on Tuesdays delivering food to Seniors in the city of Atlanta who are sick, disabled, and are not able to pick up food on their own as well as a Senior outdoor drive thru/walk-up pantry from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm. On Wednesdays we operate an outdoor drive thru/walk-up pantry from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm rain or shine.

We started the “Need Food Campaign” after receiving the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Recovery Grant to address food insecurity on the West Side of Atlanta. This was accomplished by further increasing the amount of food households were receiving weekly on Wednesdays. This included applying the GNAP program which further increased the amount of food households with children under the age of 17 years old received. Additionally, on Saturdays we sent volunteers out on foot for a seven (7) block radius from our center to place “Need Food” notices on mailboxes in conjunction with opening Saturday “Pop-Up Pantries”.

 

In addition to the above, we communicated with local schools to identify apartment complexes and communities where there was great need. On-location food distribution was coordinated with the management offices at the apartment communities. These collaborative efforts allowed the BOM to provide up to 100 pounds of food per household served. This approach proved to be very impactful. The families that needed food came out from their units to the parking lot where they received bags filled with food. These approaches are still being used to date.

INITIATIVES

 

The following initiatives were hosted by BOM during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

 

  • Voter Registration in collaboration with Georgia Stand-Up

  • U.S. Census Data Collection Campaign in collaboration with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office

  • COVID-19 study conducted by Life University

  • Two (2) Mobile Unit Job Fairs in collaboration with Integrity Transformations

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

The BOM owes a continuing debt to our supportive community partners and the many other organizations that provide volunteers to help us carry out our services to the community. We extend our sincere gratitude to the following partners and organizations:

 

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank

  • Morehouse MPH Program

  • Hands on Atlanta

  • Berean SDA Church

  • Lions Club

  • Collier Heights Neighborhood Association

  • Adamsville Neighborhood Association